Perry Bradford

A Panorama 1923-1927

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A Panorama 1923-1927 Review

by Scott Yanow

Perry Bradford was a major force behind the scenes of black jazz of the 1920s, setting up record dates, writing songs, and contributing occasional vocals. He never recovered from being thrown into anonymity by the Depression, although he lived until 1970. Bradford, who had gained Mamie Smith her first record dates in 1920, which led to the blues craze, appeared on a fine series of records in the '20s including 14 songs under his own name. This sampler has ten of these numbers plus sessions by blues singer Lena Wilson, the Gulf Coast Seven, the Georgia Strutters, cornetist Jimmy Wade, and pianist James P. Johnson. Bradford wrote 18 of the 26 selections and has vocals on 12 numbers. Highlights include two songs with Louis Armstrong ("I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle" is quite explosive), the cuts from the Georgia Strutters, and a pair of selections that features James P. Johnson and trumpeter Louis Metcalf. Bradford deserves to be remembered.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Perry Bradford feat: Lena Wilson 02:54 Amazon
2 Perry Bradford feat: Lena Wilson 02:42 Amazon
3 Perry Bradford feat: Lena Wilson 02:54 Amazon
4 Perry Bradford feat: Lena Wilson 03:21 Amazon
5 Perry Bradford feat: The Gulf Coast Seven 03:16 Amazon
6 Perry Bradford feat: The Gulf Coast Seven 02:58 Amazon
7 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools 02:52 Amazon
8 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools 02:51 Amazon
9 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools 03:02 Amazon
10 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools 02:46 Amazon
11 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools 02:51 Amazon
12 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools 02:40 Amazon
13 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford & His Gang 02:51 Amazon
14 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford & His Gang 02:57 Amazon
15 Perry Bradford feat: The Georgia Strutters 02:43 Amazon
16
Perry Bradford feat: The Georgia Strutters 03:01 Amazon
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Perry Bradford feat: The Georgia Strutters 02:51 Amazon
18 Perry Bradford feat: The Georgia Strutters 02:53 Amazon
19 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford & His Gang 03:11 Amazon
20 Perry Bradford feat: Perry Bradford & His Gang 02:37 Amazon
21 Perry Bradford 03:08 Amazon
22 Perry Bradford 02:41 Amazon
23 Perry Bradford feat: The Georgia Strutters 02:50 Amazon
24 Perry Bradford feat: The Georgia Strutters 02:48 Amazon
25 Perry Bradford 02:46 Amazon
26 Perry Bradford feat: Johnson's Jazzers 03:03 Amazon
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